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David LeBlanc talks about Molten Salt Reactors Brian Wang; Next Big Future; 30 Oct 2012

David LeBlanc - Molten Salt Reactor Designs, Options & Outlook @ TEAC4 gordonmcdowell; YouTube; 20 Jul 2012
  • At the 18 minute, talks about current University consortium starting to work towards 25 MWE prototype and a major engineering firm.
  • Oil sands' $200 Billion carbon taxes over 35 years, mandated to be spent on cleantech.
  • At about 17 minutes, talks about the opportunity to use molten salt reactors for oilsands and then bridge over to pure nuclear energy powered civilization.

Oilsand taxes will pay for Molten Salt Reactor development. MSR will provide steam for $200 billion per year of oil. MSR will free us from oil for better energy future Brian Wang; Next Big Future; 12 Apr 2013

Molten Salt and Oilsands
  • Using nuclear produced steam for Oil Sands production long studied
  • Vast majority of oil only accessible by In-Situ methods
  • No turbine island needed so 30% to 40% the capital cost saved (instead of steam to turbine for electricity just send it underground to produce oil from oilsands)
  • Oil sands producers expected to pay 200 Billion$ on carbon taxes over the next 35 years, funds mandated to be spent on cleantech initiatives
  • Canada Oil Sands in ground reserves of 2 trillion barrels, current estimate 10% recoverable (likely much higher with cheaper steam)
  • 64 GWth nuclear to add 6.4 million bbls/day (200B$/year revenue)
  • 64 GWth needed as about 200 small 300MWth MSRs
  • Oil Sands a bridge to MSRs then with time, MSRs a bridge to not needing oil

Terrestrial Energy successfully closed its final seed round of financing Brian Wang; Next Big Future; 4 Apr 2014

Terrestrial Energy (TIEs) has the objective of commercializing its proprietary Molten Salt Reactor technology in Canada by 2021. Molten Salt Reactor technology represents a revolution in nuclear safety, waste and proliferation resistance, and in energy cost-competitiveness. TEI's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) is a small modular design, with models ranging from 29 MWe to 290 MWe -ideally suited for remote communities and industrial operations,including on- and off- grid power provision. Canada provides a favorable jurisdiction for the company's Molten Salt Reactor development, licensing and marketing. TEI's founding board consists of executives from the oil-sands, mining and finance sectors.
The Company also wishes to announce that it has successfully closed its final seed round of financing. The round was oversubscribed, and the Company wishes to thank all of its investors for their support. The Company has more than sufficient funds in its treasury to carry it forward to the Conceptual Design stage, as planned.

Terrestrial Energy Awarded $5.7 Million Grant From Canadian Federal Government from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund™. SDTC is a foundation funded by the Government of Canada

Terrestrial Energy's Advanced Nuclear Technology - The IMSR - Takes Several Steps Forward Rod Adams; Forbes; 14 Sep 2016

Terrestrial Energy USA recently announced that it had achieved a significant progress step in its push to move from a reactor design to a completed and operating reactor. The US Department of Energy was sufficiently satisfied with the information the company provided in Part 1 of its application for a loan guarantee under Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, as amended, that it issued an invitation to the company to submit Part II.

Fuel tanker plunges through Déline, N.W.T., ice road 5 Mar 2016

David LeBlanc: ORNL and Too Good to Leave on the Shelf Charles Barton; Nuclear Green Revolution; May 2010

David LeBlanc of the Physics department of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and the Ottawa Valley Research Associates, Ltd., is a highly regarded participant in Energy from Thorium discussions and a reactor scientist of considerable note. David is notable because of a significant accomplishment. He has simplified the reactor core to a point beyond which further simplifications are likely to prove impossible. David's reactor core is nothing more than two metal shells, one inside the other. A fluid fuel carrier/moderator/coolant flow into the inner shell, and then out again. A fluid containing fertile thorium flows in a and out the second, outer shell. That is it. The entire core structure is composed of two sheets of shaped metal, one surrounding the other, with openings through which a very hot salt fluid is designed to flow. In the inner chamber, fissionable material that is chemically bonded to the carrier salt becomes critical. No control rods are control rods are required to control David's reactor, because the inherent properties of the carrier/coolant salt automatically provide feedback that can control reactivity within the core and even shut the reactor down completely.

Advanced Nuclear Finds a More Welcome Home in Canada James Temple; MIT Technology Review; 8 Nov 2017

Canadian regulators announced that Terrestrial Energy has completed the initial phase of a design review for its molten-salt nuclear power plant, giving the Ontario-based company a small early lead in the race to commission the first commercial fourth-generation reactor in North America.